US Supreme Court Fast Facts
Here is a look at the Supreme Court of the United States.
The US Supreme Court was created in accordance with Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States and by the authority of the Judiciary Act of September 24, 1789.
Nine justices comprise the US Supreme Court, one chief justice and eight associate justices. The number of justices is fixed by Congress by the authority of judicial code, (28 U.S.C. 1), enacted on June 25, 1948.
The President of the United States nominates candidates for the Supreme Court. They must be approved by the US Senate.
Once approved, all justices serve for life. Congress can remove a justice through impeachment for corrupt behavior or other abuses of office, but this has never happened.
Chief justices are sworn in by the outgoing chief justices. Associate justices are sworn in by the current chief justice or one of the other associate justices.
Each justice oversees at least one of the 12 Federal Judicial Circuit Courts.
February 2, 1790 – The first court assembles in New York City.
John G. Roberts (Chief Justice)
Birth date: January 27, 1955
September 5, 2005 – President George W. Bush nominates Roberts to be chief justice of the United States following the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
September 29, 2005 – Confirmed by the US Senate.
October 3, 2005 – Sworn into office.
Oversees the District of Columbia Circuit, the Fourth Circuit, and the Federal Circuit.
Born in Buffalo, New York; attended Harvard University and Harvard Law School; served as judge on the US Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit 2003-2005.
Birth date: June 23, 1948
July 1, 1991 – Nominated to the Supreme Court by President George H.W. Bush to fill the seat of the retiring Thurgood Marshall.
October 23, 1991 – Sworn into office.
Oversees the Eleventh Circuit.
Born in Pin Point, Georgia, near Savannah; attended Holy Cross College and Yale Law School; was Chairman of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 1982-1990; became a judge of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1990.
Birth date: April 1, 1950
October 31, 2005 – Nominated by George W. Bush to replace Sandra Day O’Connor.
January 31, 2006 – Confirmed by the US Senate and sworn into office by Chief Justice Roberts.
Oversees the Third and Fifth Circuits.
Born in Trenton, New Jersey; attended Princeton University and Yale Law School; named as the US Attorney for the District of New Jersey in 1987; appointed to the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Newark, New Jersey in 1990.
Birth date: June 25, 1954
August 8, 2009 – Sworn into office by Chief Justice Roberts as the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice.
Oversees the Second Circuit.
Born in New York, New York (Bronx); attended Princeton University and Yale Law School; served as assistant district attorney for New York County in 1979; George H.W. Bush nominated Sotomayor as associate judge at the US District Court, Southern District of New York in 1992; Clinton nominated Sotomayor to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1997.
Birth date: April 28, 1960
May 10, 2010 – Obama nominates Kagan to be a justice on the US Supreme Court.
August 7, 2010 – Sworn into office by Chief Justice Roberts as the 112th Supreme Court Justice.
Oversees the Ninth Circuit.
Born in New York, New York; attended Princeton University, Worcester College at Oxford University and Harvard University; was editor of the Harvard Law Review; clerk for Justice Marshall; associate Counsel to Clinton; first female Dean of Harvard University Law School; Obama named Kagan to be US solicitor general in 2009.
Birth date: August 29, 1967
April 10, 2017 – Sworn into office by Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Oversees the Tenth Circuit.
Born in Denver, Colorado; attended Columbia University, Harvard Law School and Oxford University; founded a student publication at Columbia called the Federalist Paper; clerk for Justice Kennedy; George W. Bush nominated him to serve as judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Birth date: February 12, 1965
July 9, 2018 – Kavanaugh is nominated by Trump to replace retiring Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
October 6, 2018 – Sworn into office by Chief Justice Roberts.
Oversees the Sixth and Eighth Circuits.
Born in Washington, DC; attended Yale College and Yale Law School; clerk for Justice Kennedy; associate counsel for Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr’s Whitewater Investigation; Bush nominated him to serve as judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Amy Coney Barrett
Birth date: January 28, 1972
October 27, 2020 – Barrett is sworn-in by Chief Justice Roberts, officially beginning her tenure as the 115th justice on the Supreme Court.
Oversees the Seventh Circuit.
Born in New Orleans; attended Rhodes College and Notre Dame Law School; clerk for Justice Scalia; Trump nominated Barrett to the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017.
Birth date: September 14, 1970
June 30, 2022 – Jackson is sworn in as an associate justice to the United States Supreme Court, becoming the first Black woman to take a seat on the high court.
Oversees the First Circuit.
Born in Washington, DC; attended Harvard and Harvard Law School; clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer; Biden nominated Jackson to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in 2021.
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